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Transportation systems play an integral role in helping the National Park Service achieve its mission of providing safe and enjoyable access to our national treasures. Today, the NPS manages approximately 5,500 miles of paved roads, 7,000 miles of unpaved roads, 1,400 bridges, 60 tunnels, 100 transit systems operating in 65 units (includes 37 interpretive tours), and 17,800 miles of trails (5,000 miles are paved). Transportation professionals work to protect park these resources and provide access by planning, implementing, and managing innovative transportation systems.
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Image: Shuttle carrying visitors at Zion National Park.
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“Moose are the squirrels of Alaska.” - Tim Moon
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From the tiniest mouse to the largest moose, mammals of all shapes and sizes find a home in national parks. Catching a glimpse of them in their natural habitat can be a thrilling experience. Discover stories of survival on land and sea, and explore how the NPS studies and manages hundreds of different mammal species at www.nps.gov/subjects/mammals
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Image: Moose in the bushes at Denali National Park and Preserve. NPS/Jacob W. Frank
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#FindYourPark #nationalparkservice #moose #alaska #natureupclose #nationalparkweek #denali

Happy #EarthDay!
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Mother Nature has produced some of the most extravagant and mouth-dropping sights known to humans—and plenty of those are found within the National Park System. From the majestic curves found in the Grand Canyon to the bright night sky over Denali, there are so many sights to see and plenty of natural events to experience when you visit our parks. What are some of your favorite parks to commune with the world around you?
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Image: Snorkeling in the waters of the Florida Keys at Dry Tortugas National Park.
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#FindYourPark #nationalparkwerk #nationalparkservice #underwater #snorkeling #florida @drytortugasnps

Me judge you? Yes.
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The mountain cottontail or Nuttall's cottontail (Sylvilagus nuttallii) is a species of mammal in the family Leporidae. It like a solitary life perhaps because food is a limiting factor and shelter in their environment can be sparse. It is active and on the move all year long, looking for areas with an ample food supply. The animal is crepuscular and feeds in or near sheltering brush. Severe weather limits their ability to gather food. Because food and sometimes moisture is sparse, energy is very important. When the animal is frightened it runs several meters to an area where it can hide and freezes with its ears erect to assess the situation of danger. If the cottontail is further disturbed, it rapidly hops away and tries to trick the predator by running in a semicircular path.
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Image: Nutall’s Cottontail at Rocky MountAin National Park/ Schonlaus
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#FindYourPark #nationalparkservice #rabbit #natureupclose #rabbitsofinstagram #colorado

Did you know sea otters have been known to hold onto one another to keep each from drifting apart? Oh no! You had one job! Where’s Carl?
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Well, maybe it’s safer resting as a group? A group of resting otters is actually called a raft. Researchers have seen concentrations of over 1,000 otters floating together. They will also wrap themselves up in seaweed, forming their floating raft.
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Image: A sea otter floats in the water outside Kenai Fjords National Park in Alaska. Photo by Jim Pfeiffenberger, NPS
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#FindYourPark #sailawaywithme #nationalparkservice #otter #natureupclose #alaska

We’re kicking off #NationalParkWeek with National Junior Ranger Day! The Junior Ranger Program is a great way to explore national parks and learn why parks matter. No matter your age, come “explore, learn, and protect" your national parks and became an official Junior Ranger!
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What’s the last Junior Ranger program you completed?
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Image: A Junior Ranger showcases his badges from across the country. NPS/Rachel Hendrix
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#FindYourPark #NationalJuniorRangerDay #nationalparkservice #juniorranger

I am kitty! Hear me rawr!
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A bobcat captured and collared before the Woolsey Fire started last November gave birth to four kittens recently. Using VHF radio-telemetry and GPS points from the mother’s collar, biologists from ‪Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area‬ located the young female bobcat in a dense area of vegetation in a large residential backyard in Westlake Village. While the mother was away from her den, her kittens were weighed, measured, and given a general health check by researchers. They were also ear tagged for the purpose of future identification. Mom and babies are all doing well!
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For more information and for more adorable pics and video, check out https://www.flickr.com/photos/santamonicamtns/.
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Image: Young bobcat is looked over by park biologists.
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#FindYourPark #nationalparkservice #kitty #bobcat #california #bigcats #catstagram

Icons of the Nation's Capital
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Each year, millions of people visit National Mall and Memorial Parks to recreate, to commemorate presidential legacies, to honor our nation's veterans, and more. Have you explored the monuments on the Mall?
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Image: Red tulips in bloom near the Washington Monument.
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#FindYourPark #nationalparkservice #washingtondc #washingtonmonument #springflowers

“And wuv, tru wuv, will fowow you foweva ... So tweasure your wuv.” - The Impressive Clergyman, The Princess Bride
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Places to tweasure, your national parks offer moments for reflection, rejuvenation, recreation, and more. What do you wuv, sorry...love most about your national parks?
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Image: View of cliffs and ocean along California coast at Channel Islands National Park.
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Beep, beep! Let’s go!
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Are you ready for today’s National Park Twitter Chat at 1pm ET.? Join the National Park Service, @goparks, @usinterior, and more for a fun discussion on all things Park Week!
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Image: Roadrunner looking both ways before crossing the street. #SafetyFirst
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Some drool on my cheek,
As I relax on the ground,
Bearly awake zzzzz...
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#NationalHaikuDay
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Image: Bear sprawled on all fours ready for a nap.
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#FindYourPark #nationalparkservice #bear #natureupclose #NapsSaveLives

The answer, my friend...is blowing in the wind.
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The beaches of North Carolina’s Cape Lookout National Seashore are layered with light sand (quartz and feldspar) and darker heavy mineral sand (magnetite or ilmenite) deposits. When the wind cuts through the various layers, it can leave sand domes or pedestals. The light and dark patterns in the pedestals are from layers of light colored minerals in the sand (such as quartz) and darker layers of "heavy minerals" (such as magnetite or ilmenite).
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Image: Sand pedestals on the beach created by wind.
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#FindYourPark #nationalparkservice #northcarolina #beach #sand #windswept

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